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BY -  @johnny_barnes

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SHIRO - "THE FORCE EP"

 

This latest release by Shiro borrows an aesthetic from a galaxy far, far away, but what you’ll find inside is less Stormtroopers & sabers, but more confident rhymes over smooth production, with wordplay sprinkled throughout. While The Force is a mostly rapping affair, track two “Solo (Lando Vs. Leia)” offers a look at the artists’ versatility, as halfway through it switches to full on singing. The project is a brief one, only made up of four songs, but enough to make an impression. The self-proclaimed “Shiro the Hero” will certainly be one to watch.

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DRINKBLEACH "SAME OLD FEARS"

 

“16 years drug free, and then I turned 17...”

Canadian artist DrinkBleachh gets serious on this new single, making his coping mechanisms very clear: “Every day is the same old thang. Roll up a blunt run away from the pain...”.  The Autotuned vocals pair well with the trap production, though I’ll admit I found the vocal / instrumental balance to be off putting at first. While not the best representation of the artists’ overall sound, “Same Old Fears” is the latest of the handful of singles DrinkBleachh has available online. Only time will tell if a full project is on the horizon, as well as if they choose to embrace this style or experiment further.

 

LIL YUNG SSJ3 "BURN EP"

 

On what appears to be the artists’ first collected works, Lil Yung employs a sing/scream combo, accompanied by a variety of production. The heavier vocals are brought to the forefront on “Hollow”, while the title track offers a more layered approach. While this isn’t something I’d personally go out of my way to listen to, I will commend the artist on attempting something different. There’s an audience for every style of music, so while I don’t know how often (if ever) I’ll return to this project, I would recommend it to fans of more aggressive tunes.